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Bethwaite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Bethwaite. It was a name for someone who lived in any of the places so named in Cumberland or Yorkshire. This place-name derived from the Old Norse words for a broad clearing.

Early Origins of the Bethwaite family


The surname Bethwaite was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bethwaite family


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Bethwaite Spelling Variations


Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Bethwaite has appeared as Brathwaite, Brathwait, Braithwaite, Braithwait and many more.

Early Notables of the Bethwaite family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bethwaite family to the New World and Oceana


The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: William Braithwaite who settled in Maryland in 1775; Susan Braithwaite with her husband Francis arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with four children in 1822.

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